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SBSD - Colorado River Sheriffs Department
Saturday October 19th, 2019 :: 06:06 p.m. PDT


Deputies responded to a child not breathing call & found a 10 year old girl was overcome by carbon monoxide fumes

DATE/TIME: October 19, 2019/12:27p.m.

INCIDENT: Carbon Monoxide Exposure Incident

LOCATION: Park Moabi, Needles

VICTIM: 10-year-old female

On October 19, 2019 at 12:27p.m., deputies from the Colorado River Station responded to Park Moabi for a report of a child not breathing. The 10 year old girl was pulled from the water and taken to the shore prior to the arrival of deputies.

Through an investigation it was discovered the girl, by the direction of a parent, was attempting place a bilge plug in the transom of a beached vessel while the motor was still running. While doing so, the girl was overcome by exhaust fumes from the vessel's motor. She became unconscious and went under the surface of the water. She was pulled from the water by a family member and initially was not breathing, but shortly after she regained consciousness and was breathing on her. The girl was flown to a hospital in Las Vegas for further treatment.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department's Marine Enforcement Unit wants to remind the boating public of the dangers of carbon monoxide exposure. Carbon monoxide poisoning is more common while operating boats because of the lack of an emission system. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas produced by burning gasoline. Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when carbon monoxide builds up in the bloodstream. When too much carbon monoxide is in the air, the body replaces the oxygen in the red blood cells with carbon monoxide. This can lead to serious tissue damage or even death.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact Deputy B. Weck with the Marine Enforcement Unit at (760) 326-9200. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME(27463) or leave information on at

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Refer: Deputy Brian Weck

Station: Colorado River Station/Marine Enforcement Unit

Phone No. (760) 326-9200

Case No. 251900104

JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Colorado River Sheriffs Department
1111 Bailey Ave
Needles, CA 92363

Emergency: 9-1-1

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